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Shell delivers more Brazil deepwater production from Parque das Conchas

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Shell and its joint venture announced the start of oil production from the third phase of the deepwater Parque das Conchas (BC-10) development in Brazil's Campos Basin. Production for this final phase of the project is expected to add up to 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOED) at peak production, from fields that have already produced more than 100 million bbls since 2009.

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From the President: As drilling contractors’ association, IADC will focus on listening to, responding to members’ needs

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These are trying times for our industry. Last year was a difficult year, and this year’s forecast is equally as challenging. We have seen the effects of the depressed market reflected in the reduction of rig counts and companies who have shuttered their operations. People are comparing this downturn to the one of the mid-1980s, a time we all hoped never to revisit.

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Wired drill pipe achieves time, cost savings for Total in the Norwegian North Sea

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On the Martin Linge field in the Norwegian North Sea, Total had been experiencing multiple challenges, including severe losses, unstable formations and excessive downhole shock and vibrations. To address these challenges, the operator turned to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and its IntelliServ wired drill pipe, Saskia Schils, Head of Engineering - Exploration Drilling at Total E&P Angola, explained. In this video from 1 March, Ms Schils explains the results that were achieved. Reina Teelken, Senior Technical Advisor at NOV, also shares the company’s plans for taking the technology forward. More information about this project can also be found in IADC/SPE 178863, “The Use of Wired Drillpipe Technology in a Complex Drilling Environment Increased Drilling Efficiency and Reduced Well Times.”

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Automation lessons can be taken from Disney theme park rides

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Drilling rigs and theme park rides share similarities that most people may not be aware of, said Mike Withers, Retired VP of Ride Engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering. Both the theme park and drilling industries need equipment with high uptime, that can last for many years and is safe. Mr Withers gave a presentation on Disney’s use of automation in its theme parks at a symposium jointly held by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee on 29 February in Fort Worth, Texas. The workshop focused on human and machine interaction in automation. In this video with DC, Mr Withers explains how automation has been used in Disney Parks and the company’s process for designing its rides.

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